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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Details in ” The Traditional Artist at Work “   1 comment

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Details in ” The Traditional Artist at Work “

I am not an expert on Macro Photography due to my poor patience – by the time a senior citizen focussed on an insect and ready to shoot it, it just flew away. Macro photography in nature is definitely not my cup of tea at all. I am submitting a photograph of a traditional artist painting more intricate details on the Taoist Door Guardians or Gods, in a local clan association heritage building. Detailed artwork is actually  done by his memory and past experience. Hope it passes the Photo Challenge on “Details” – the artistic ones.

SP Lim

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Details " The Traditional Artist at Work "

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Details ” The Traditional Artist at Work “

From Wikipedia:-

A door god (simplified Chinese: 门神; traditional Chinese: 門神; pinyin: ménshén) is a Chinese decoration placed on each side of an entry to a temple, home, business, etc., which is believed to keep evil spirits from entering. It is also seen in other East Asian countries such as Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

The custom of pasting pictures of door gods on doors dates back to ancient China. In theHan dynasty, people believed that peach wood has spiritual properties and can ward off evil spirits so they started making auspicious carvings on peach wood and hanging them around their homes. Following the invention of paper, paper gradually replaced peach wood as people started drawing and writing on paper instead. In earlier times, Shentu and Yulü were the most common choice for door gods. People drew portraits of them on paper and pasted them on doors. In the Tang dynasty, two generals – Qin Qiong and Yuchi Gong – became door gods when Emperor Taizong ordered portraits of them to be made and pasted on gates in the hope of attracting good luck and scaring away evil spirits. Other folklore heroes and mythological figures were subsequently added to the repertoire.

The door gods usually come in pairs, facing each other; it is considered bad luck to place the figures back-to-back. There are many different door gods, of which the most common ones are Qin Qiong and Yuchi Gong. Portraits of Wei Zheng or Zhong Kui are used on single doors.



Discover the intimate details of something unexpected, and share your images with us.

If you’ve followed my previous photo challenges, you’ll know that I am enamored with nature. I love the exotic and the mundane, the wondrous and the earthy. One of my favorite things about nature is her details — the intricate vascular system of a leaf, the wispy patterns in clouds at sunset, or luminous beads of dew on the delicate filaments of a dandelion seed. When distilled down to the details, a weed becomes a lovely piece of art.

“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” — Robert Capa

A macro photograph of dewdrops on dandelion seeds. Photo by Jen Hooks.

A macro photograph of dewdrops on dandelion seeds. Photo by Jen Hooks.

Fun Fact: This image was shot with my phone and an inexpensive clip-on macro lens called an olloclip. You don’t need fancy equipment to capture tiny details!

For this week’s challenge, try to look past the big picture and take a more intimate approach. Zoom in on details in unexpected places — it can be something from the natural world, or it can be human-made. We’re excited to see what you find with your lens.


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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Look Up – ” Life Upstairs “   5 comments

Look Up

This week is all about taking a moment to check out what’s going on above you.

Going about our day, we often don’t pay attention to what’s directly above us. We’re more likely to focus on what’s in front of us rather than what’s overhead. Or if you’re like me, what’s below us to avoid tripping over anything.

While I was wandering around the town last week, I look up at a block of apartments. Living a life on the upper floors of apartments is also interesting as our feet do not touch the ground. Even the laundry is done upstairs with the subsequent drying of these clothings. I had not live upstairs except taking my slumber snd bath in my double-storeyed house. Thus, living without touching ground level can be very interesting and challenging for me. My submission is ” Life Upstairs ” or ” Life without touching the ground “.

SP Lim


Weekly Photo Challenge on Look Up ~ " Life Upstairs or Life without touching the ground "

Weekly Photo Challenge on Look Up ~ ” Life Upstairs or Life without touching the ground “



This photo was taken on a rather frustrating and wet afternoon in Atlanta. The rain had made the traffic especially heavy. I happened to look out and up through my window to see the sky beginning to clear. This particular snap ended up serving as a quick reminder to find a brief respite in an otherwise busy day.

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For this week’s challenge, take a moment to look up. Whether it’s the fan above your head at work, your bedroom ceiling, or the night sky, what do you see? Is it familiar? Or does it show you a new perspective on your surroundings? Looking forward to the peeks into your worlds!


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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “   3 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “


This week, make two opposing elements come together (or clash in dissonance) in one photo



My submission for the Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – is that of this photograph entitled  ” Of Older and Younger Generations “. This was one of the series of the Indigenous Tribe of the Vietnam Highlands during my Photographic Expedition to Vietnam last year.

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites - " Of Older and Younger Generations "

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “


There are so many ways to infuse photos with drama, from choosing an unusual angle to focusing on a strong, vibrant palette. One idea I often explore is contrast. No, not so much in the technical sense of shadows and highlights(important as they certainly are), but more fundamentally: I love the power of a single frame to bring together conflicting elements. Sometimes the result is harmonious, a peaceful coexistence of unnatural allies. Sometimes the tension remains unresolved.

Sometimes it’s a bit of both, like in this recent shot I took at a castle in the Bourgogne countryside, in east-central France.



These walls were originally built in the 16th century — but were covered in fresh, shimmering ivy. Together, the two elements made the entire structure all the more interesting (and, let’s admit it, more photogenic): heavy and light, hard and soft, smooth and textured, inanimate and organic.

In your photo this week, show how opposites can tell a story about people, places, or objects. The tension can reside inwhat you choose to show — old vs. new, big vs. small, dark vs. light — or in how you frame and design your shot. I look forward to seeing your entries!


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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Life Partners of Love and Happiness   Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge

Whether two of a kind or ten, give us subjects that are in sync with one another — show us partnerships.


My submission is that of “Life Partners of Love and Happiness” as from the Teochew Chinese Opera entitled “Tale of the Dragon Princess”. This is the marriage scene. Love has no bounds and blind as an immortal fairy Princess from the sea fall in love with a mortal human being. In the end she gave up her immortality to marry this male human being.


Weekly Photo Challenge - Life Partners of Love and Happiness

Weekly Photo Challenge – Life Partners of Love and Happiness


Bologna, Italy. The Basilica of San Petronio. A balmy June evening. While I worked on my second gelato of the day, a Bolognese gentleman and his miniature canine doppelgänger strolled through the piazza on what I assume was their nightly constitutional (or, for an Italian, a passeggiata), pausing on the basilica steps for some people watching.

Photo not included of man and dog

The two of them were perfectly in tune: the man looked left, the dog looked left. The man looked right, the dog looked right. The man shifted to find a more comfortable position, the dog scooted alongside. After ten minutes or so, it was time to move on; the dog trotted away at the man’s heel. No leash needed — they were in step (and there are no cars in the piazza). Passeggiata partners.

This week, share an image of partners. A pair, a trio, a sextet; people, buildings, plants — whatever you choose to shoot, give us subjects that are in tune with one another.


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers ~ The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers   2 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers

My late submission to the Weekly Photo Challenge on “Numbers” is called ” The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers “. Who shall win this Dragon Boat Race – will it be 2, 3, 4 or 5?

SP Lim

The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers

The Numbered Dragon Boat Racers

Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.

I was strolling along the streets and canals of Los Angeles’ Venice Beach recently. It’s a lovely, rapidly changing neighborhood: the old and the new often collide, but the endearingly shabby seems to live in surprising harmony with all things cutting edge (and pricy).

It’s also a mightily photogenic place. Which makes me a bit embarrassed to admit that my favorite sight was… a row of mailboxes:

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Numbers
Equations. Clock faces. Cash registers. Numbers are everywhere: this week, share a photo that puts them front and center.

I’m not sure what it was about them that I found so captivating. Their effortless vintage-ness? The fact that the building’s residents cared enough to make them so… cute? Or maybe the promise of each family’s story, already hinted at by the empty stroller (and even by those cacti): just pick one box, and whole lives might pour out.

Ultimately, I saw these numbers — presented in the simplest, most predictable of sequences — as an invitation to wonder about people and the place they live in.

Numbers are all around us at home and on the street, in airports and supermarkets, on signs and on our clothes. I can’t wait to see your take on this week’s challenge — what will your numbers show?


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Pure   4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Purely of Crystals

As I was unwell for sometime and with my very unstable internet, I had nod submitted my Weekly Photo Challenge for three weeks in a row.
Better late than never as I submit my photograph for the “Pure”-themed Weekly Photo Challenge. This is a photograph of the ceiling lighting of a restaurant.

SP Lim

Purely of Crystals

Purely of Crystals


For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something pure — it can be a person, an object, or a moment.
Pure: a photo of a child picking wildflowers. Photo by Jen Hooks.

“Pure” can convey wholesomeness, something undiluted, or simplicity.

The sky is clear, the air is clean, and a small girl plucks dandelions from a field to make a tiny bouquet. The purity of the afternoon is absolute: from the crystalline blue of the sky, down to the cottony, sunlit curls upon the child’s head. Nothing exists outside of this overgrown meadow, where wildlife thrives, and red thistle and dandelions flourish. And a tiny little girl, pure of heart and intention, picks golden flowers for her mom.

This photo was taken several years ago now, but I can still recall this perfect day. I love finding beauty in the mundane, and purity in the midst of our chaotic, over-connected world. For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something pure — it can be a person, an object, or a moment. “Pure” can convey wholesomeness, something undiluted, or simplicity. We can’t wait to see your interpretation.


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Curve   6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Curve

My submission is the “Curve of the Sea Shell”.

"Curve of the Sea Shell"

“Curve of the Sea Shell”


Find inspiration in the curves around you.

When I peer through a camera lens, or put my phone’s screen up to my face, I never really know what a photograph will look like. I love photography, but over the years I’ve taken pictures less and less, passively, and with less intent. When composing a shot, I let the elements in the frame dictate the composition. I follow their lead. This is especially true with leading lines: I let lines — straight, squiggly, bending — decide what type of photo I will take.

Read more about leading lines and curves in photography.
One afternoon, I strolled toward the London Eye, on the South Bank along the Thames River in London. This massive rounded structure — with its perfect curve and straight lines — was partially covered by bare, wild branches, and this view captured the interplay of both:


For this week’s challenge, get inspired by the curves around you. From curves in architecture to bends in nature to man-made undulations, you have lots to work with!


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Jubilant Children   13 comments

Jubilant Children enjoying themselves with the Gangnam Dance at the Wesak Charity Dinner 2016

Jubilant Children enjoying themselves with the Gangnam Dance at the Wesak Charity Dinner 2016

Showing great joy and jubilance in all children had no bounds be it, one is normal or physically or mentally handicapped.

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Weekly Photo Challenge

Rejoice! It’s the end of the week, and time for a celebratory photo challenge.

Jubilant, adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant. See also:

WPC Jubilant

WPC Jubilant

The Krewe du Vieux is one of the first parades on New Orleans’ Mardi Gras calendar each year and the only one to still use mule-drawn floats (rather than floats pulled by trucks), which allows it to wend through the narrow streets of the city’s French Quarter.

It typically has a satirical political theme, and its floats and costumes are quite risqué — but before the raucous, not-safe-for-work displays, there was a lone singer leading the way. I couldn’t look away; up and down the street, all eyes followed her. Not because of the colors or feathers or glitter, but because of the expression on her face as she sang: exuberant. Joyful. Elated. Jubilant. She was happy to be in that moment, singing that song, and it didn’t matter if there were 1,000 people watching or no one.

The photo gives me a sense of that joy, even while I know that it captures only a fraction of her emotion.

Let’s all end this week on a high note, with images that say jubilant.



Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Face of the Iban Warrior   1 comment

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Face of the Iban Warrior

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I am featuring the face of an Iban Warrior from Sarawak taken last Sunday at the Pesta Gawai & Keaamatan 2016 held in Penang’s Fort Cornwallis.
Apart from his face I have also included the costume as it is also very exceptional and outstanding with the hornbill feathers. Their bodies are usually tatooed. Some of these tribes were “head-hunters” in the past. They live in longhouses.

SP Lim
Sorry late in the submission owing to no internet connection until 14/05/2016.

Iban people
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Iban people
Sea Dayak

Total population
c. 1,046,400
Regions with significant populations
Malaysia (Sarawak)
Indonesia (West Kalimantan)


Iban, Malaysian English, Indonesian/Malaysian; most notably the Sarawak Malay dialect of the Malaysian language


Christianity, Animism, some minorities Islam

Related ethnic groups
Kantu, Dayak Mualang, Semberuang, Bugau and Sebaru

The Ibans are a branch of the Dayak peoples of Borneo. In Malaysia, most Ibans are located in Sarawak, a small portion in the east coast of Sabah and some in West Malaysia. They were firstly but now formerly known during the colonial period by the British as Sea Dayaks especially in the Saribas and Skrang regions which are near the coastline and thus they had gone on expeditions along the coastline up to the Kapuas river delta in the south and the Rajang river delta in the north. However, those Ibans that had migrated and lived inland to upper Rajang river region was further upriver and did not really go downriver to the sea as often but they became into contact with local tribes such as the Baketan, Ukit and Kayan.
It is believed that the term “Iban” originates from the Iban’s own formidable enemy, the Kayan who call the Sea Dayaks in the upper Rajang river region that initially came into contact with them as “Hivan”. The Kayan mostly lives in the central Broneo region and migrated into the upper Rajang river and thus went logger-head with those Ibans who migrated from the upper Batang Ai/Lupar region and Katibas river. In fact, those Sea Dayaks in the Saribas and Skrang regions initially resisted being called Iban and insisted to be called Dayak but somehow the term Iban increasingly becomes popular later on after the European starts to frequently uses this term.
Ibans were renowned for practicing headhunting and tribal/territorial expansion, and had a fearsome reputation as a strong and successful warring tribe in the past. Since the arrival of Europeans and the subsequent colonisation of the area, headhunting gradually faded out of practice although many tribal customs, practices and language continue. The Iban population is concentrated in Sarawak, Brunei, and in the West Kalimantan region of Indonesia. They live in longhouses called rumah panjai.
Nowadays, most of the Iban longhouses are equipped with modern facilities such as electricity and water supply and other facilities such as (tar sealed) roads, telephone lines and the internet. Younger Ibans are mostly found in urban areas and visit their hometowns during the holidays. The Ibans today are becoming increasingly urbanised while retaining most of their traditional heritage and culture.


by Cheri Lucas Rowlands
This week at Discover, I chatted with illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks, who blogs at Busy Mockingbird, and loved what she said about drawing faces. “The lines in your face tell stories,” she said. “I get to ‘know’ a person through these lines, which is so fun for me.”

Mica likes to draw strange, imperfect faces the most:

When you’re drawing the details of someone, you’re spending intimate time with them in a strange way. Not romantically, but as an artist, you find this wonderful appreciation for what most people consider their “imperfections” — the wrinkles and lines in their faces, the lines under their eyes.

For this week’s photo challenge, let Mica’s insights inspire you: share a photo of a face. It could be your own face; the face of a loved one, whose lines and creases you know well; or even a face out in the wild, where you least expect to see one:

A green face in the wall in Montmartre, Paris, by street artist Gregos.

In a new post, show us a face — and feel free to share the story or the person behind it. We look forward to seeing your takes!

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ The Cluttered Earth   Leave a comment

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ The Cluttered Earth


Share your vision of our magnificent Earth through your lens.
Photo by Jen Hooks.

By Jen. H.

Though my vision is slightly different from the green natural environment as depicted by Jen K., I am submitting the adverse side of earth cluttered with human dwellings, factories and structures built in the name of development. With global warming and environmental pollution the earth is definitely changing in current times with weather changes throughout the world or Planet Earth. Let us remedy our Mother Earth before it is too late!

SP Lim

The aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City taken from my 2015 Trip to Vietnam.

The aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City taken from my 2015 Trip to Vietnam.

As far as we currently know, our planet is unique in its ability to sustain life. We are an island in an unimaginably huge universe.

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” Wendell Berry
I have always regarded nature with reverence, feeling most at peace with my feet (and hands!) in the dirt, and the outdoors in my lungs. My most vivid memories of childhood center around outdoor exploration: collecting unique rocks, seeking insects and spiders under fallen logs, cultivating a love and respect for the environment that is a major defining characteristic of who I am today.

During a recent trip to Ireland, I stole a few moments for myself at one of the lovely lakes in Glendalough, and came across the tiny, shimmering stone in the photo below. I had the sentimental thought that nature was sending me a message: “I love you, too.”

A small rock in the shape of a heart, laying in deep green vegetation. Photo by Photo by Jen Hooks.

On this day, between the global Earth Day celebration, and Mother’s Day in the United States, share your vision of our glorious Mother Earth.



From Wikipedia:-


Earth (otherwise known as the world,[n 5] in Greek: Γαῖα Gaia,[n 6] or in Latin: Terra) is the third planet from the Sun, the densest planet in the Solar System, the largest of the Solar System’s four terrestrial planets, and the only astronomical object known to harbor life.
According to radiometric dating and other sources of evidence, Earth formed about 4.54 billion years ago. Earth gravitationally interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon. During one orbit around the Sun, Earth rotates about its own axis 366.26 times, creating 365.26 solar days or one sidereal year.[n 7] Earth’s axis of rotation is tilted 23.4° away from the perpendicular of its orbital plane, producing seasonal variations on the planet’s surface with a period of one tropical year (365.24 solar days). The Moon is Earth’s only permanent natural satellite. Its gravitational interaction with Earth causes ocean tides, stabilizes the orientation of Earth’s rotational axis, and gradually slows Earth’s rotational rate.

Earth’s lithosphere is divided into several rigid tectonic plates that migrate across the surface over periods of many millions of years. 71% of Earth’s surface is covered with water, with the remainder consisting of continents and islands that together have many lakes and other sources of water that contribute to the hydrosphere. Earth’s polar regions are mostly covered with ice, including the Antarctic ice sheet and the sea ice of the Arctic ice pack. Earth’s interior remains active with a solid iron inner core, a liquid outer core that generates the magnetic field, and a convecting mantle that drives plate tectonics.

Within its first billion years, life appeared in Earth’s oceans and began to affect its atmosphere and surface, leading to the proliferation of aerobic and anaerobic organisms. Since then, the combination of Earth’s distance from the Sun, its physical properties and its geological history have allowed life to thrive and evolve. The earliest undisputed life on Earth arose at least 3.5 billion years ago. Earlier physical evidence of life includes biogenic graphite in 3.7 billion-year-old metasedimentary rocks discovered in southwestern Greenland, as well as “remains of biotic life” found in 4.1 billion-year-old rocks in Western Australia. Earth’s biodiversity has expanded continually except when interrupted by mass extinctions. Although scholars estimate that over 99% of all species of life (over five billion) that ever lived on Earth are extinct, there are still an estimated 10–14 million extant species, of which about 1.2 million have been documented and over 86% have not yet been described. More recently, in May 2016, scientists reported that 1 trillion species are estimated to be on Earth currently with only one-thousandth of one percent described. Over 7.3 billion humans live on Earth and depend on its biosphere and minerals for their survival. Earth’s human population is divided among about 200 sovereign states which interact through diplomacy, conflict, travel, trade and communication media.